Can Matt Wieters Continue to Improve?

Apr 6, 2012


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Over the past Matt Wieters has been on a roller coaster ride. He came into the league with huge expectations and lived up to the early hype by hitting .288 as a rookie with nine home runs in 96 games. He was labeled Mauer with Power and it showed.
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Then he struggled in 2010, hitting .249 with just two more home runs despite playing in 34 more games and taking 117 more at bats. Many expected a major jump into the elite category and he missed the mark big time.
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Last year kind of flew under the radar for Wieters, but he finally showed the power that he’s capable of, hitting 22 home runs. He didn’t quite bring the Mauer part of the equation hitting .262, but he did show some promise elsewhere.
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For starters, he scored 72 runs, which is exactly what he scored in his first two seasons combined. Baltimore’s offense improved last year and Wieters benefited. He also cut his strikeout rate down for the second straight year. It went from 22.3 percent as a rookie to 18.7 percent as a second-year player to 15.2 percent.
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Wieters BABIP also dropped for the second straight year from .356 to .287 to .276. If he can improve to .290 or so, his average could climb to a respectable level.
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Wieters has a Mock Draft Central ADP of 94, which puts him in the eight round of 12-team drafts. He’s the sixth catcher to come off the board. He certainly has the ability to be a top five player at the position and top three in AL-Only leagues.
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Wieters will turn 26 during the season, an age where a lot of hitters have taken the next step. I wouldn’t bet against Wieters doing the same.
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